We’ve often thought a good book is a bit like a good restaurant: a cocoon in which you can escape the outside world. So, in this magazine issue we celebrate our new, lockdown-proof getaway: Wine from Another Galaxy, the first ever Noble Rot book. Written by Rot co-founders Dan and Mark, it charts the story of Noble Rot magazine and restaurants; covers themes such as how to order wine without fear, start your own cellar, or talk about it without sounding like a bore; and celebrates our favourite bottles, and the dreamers that make them, in a ‘Rotter’s Road Trip’ across Europe.
Here, we dedicate issue 24 to celebrating its publication, enlisting some top vinonauts, including natural wine-oracle Alice Feiring and Beastie Boy Mike Diamond, to tell us about one of their own wines from another galaxy: a.k.a one that changed their perception forever.
On the subject of altered perceptions, this instalment’s special guest is former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer – and food and wine lover – Ed Balls, who, having lost his seat in parliament in 2015, has undergone a remarkable reinvention: dancing Gangnam Style on Strictly, reviewing restaurants for The Sunday Times, and proving himself as an accomplished documentary maker with the superb Travels in Trumpland and Euroland. We meet him for one of our signature leisurely lunch interviews at Rotter HQ for the inside scoop on MP’s eating habits and his verdict on Trump Winery Chardonnay.
Elsewhere in this issue we profile Muscadet, Limoux and English wine (as well as reprising our famous 2015 English sparkling wine V Champagne tasting), Bursting Bubbles author Robert Walters questions some of the received wisdom on cellaring Champagne, Alastair Little tells us about his greatest ever meal, and Noble Rot Soho’s new Head Chef Alex Jackson gives us his recipe for plum and brown buttertart. Plus other recipes, stories and musings from Simon Hopkinson, Marina O’Loughlin, John Niven, Jake Missing, Jon Bonné, Rowley Leigh, Tim Hayward, Eileen Twum and George Reynolds.